The Washington Post reported on a new study that could show that clothing affects performances in the workplace.
In the study, Adam Galinsky states that if someone is wearing a lab coat, their ability to concentrate increases. He state this after studying enclothed cognition which is defined as the influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes. One of the experiments consisted of testing enclothed cognition by letting the participants wear lab coats while completing the Stroop test. The Stroop test is when the participant says the color of the word rather than what the word says. They found that the participants wearing the lab coats made less mistakes but did not approve above average.
A similar study by Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl found that the different style of clothing affected self-perception rather than performances. Most felt authoritative, trust worthy, and competent when wearing business attire but friendliest when wearing casual attire. The results were calculated through asking the participants questions based off of how they feel while wearing specific clothing.
The two studies show different statistics but statistics that work together. Although more studies have to be done on this topic, I think it is safe to say that when you are dressed properly, whether it is in a labcoat or business attire, your work ethic changes from a relaxed state to a business state. I went to a private school where uniforms were enforced, and I always felt more productive with the attire on rather than when I was wearing jeans. I also feel like when people are wearing nice clothing they are less likely to act out and be irrational. I agree with both findings. I am interested to see more studies on this topic and whether or not enclothed cognition ever becomes an accepted term.